BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD AUG 2017-Homa Bay County Woman Representative, Gladys Wanga has opposed the move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to scrap committee, mortgage and car grant allowances for MPs elected to the 12th Parliament.
Wanga, who is a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission said the move is meant to degrade MPs in comparison to their counterparts in the Executive and Judiciary.
“This gazette notice in my view is not only in bad taste but is really, truly singling out MPs, and meting unfairness on them in comparison to other State officers. SRC did not conduct any job evaluation on MPs and therefore proceeded to effect changes downwards on our salaries and allowances without any basis,” Wanga added.
She says the PSC which has the responsibility of looking after the welfare of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff was not consulted before SRC gazetted the new perks on July 7.
The Homa Bay legislator who was re-elected during the General Election conducted on 8th of August now says the PSC which is chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly will convene a meeting with MPs once they are sworn in to decide on their recourse.
“We are not saying increase our salaries and allowances to inappropriate levels because we know where the economy is; but just let us have what we had, do not disadvantage us inappropriately and try to incite Kenyans against us and I think the Kenyan public will understand,” she explained.
In July, the Sarah Serem-led SRC announced a new pay structure that reduced the gross salaries of all State officials, including MPs.
SRC reviewed State officers’ jobs over the past four years to determine whether the current pay structure was aligned to the objectives of the Constitution, particularly with regard to transparency, accountability and efficient governance.
Serem said SRC had compared salaries in Kenya to those in neighbouring East African Community states, South Africa, India, Canada and the United States and also considered Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product and the taxes collected yearly.